County library system names new director
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The Sonoma County Library Commission has named Brett Lear as the next Library Director.

Lear is currently the Director of the Martin County Library System in Florida and has more than 20 yeas of library experience.

He holds an MLS from Florida State University and has served in library systems in New York, Colorado, Oregon and Florida. Lear has been very active in the American Library Association (ALA), including serving on committees dealing with providing library services to Spanish-speaking patrons.  His library recently received the H.W. Wilson award from the ALA for their staff development training program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He is the author of “Adult Programs in the Library,” an ALA book.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Sonoma County Library!  I’m eager to begin meeting with library staff and residents to learn from them and to collaborate with them to design library services that inspire and delight people of all ages.”

Lear beat out 34 candidates after a nationwide search.  After interviewing 10 semi-finalists, the Library Commission Search Committee selected four finalists to visit Sonoma County for two days of planned activities.  Finalists engaged with the staff, community members and various stakeholders through three interview panels, tours of the Sonoma County Libraries, and a public forum with more than eighty community members before interviewing with the full Commission.

“We are happy to welcome Mr. Lear to Sonoma County,” said Commission Chair Tim May. “He was selected from a strong pool of candidates. We were searching for someone who demonstrated the ability to both listen and lead and who has a strong sense of how libraries can best serve the public in the 21st Century. Mr. Lear demonstrated those qualities.”

Mr. Lear takes the reins of the 13 branch system at a time of major change and challenges.  He will officially begin his duties on June 2. His salary is $140,000 per year.              

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